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Phyllis J. Rees
Phyllis J. ReesNursing-MDPhyllis J. Rees, 86 of Richwood, died Tuesday September 26, 2023 at the Kingston Residence in Marion.

She was born August 22, 1937 in Huntington, West Virginia to the late Mary Lou (Hutchinson) and Emory A. Dowling. She spent her first eighteen years living in Chesapeake, Ohio and graduated from Chesapeake High School in 1955.

A 1959 graduate of The Ohio State University, she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She was employed as a Registered Nurse at the Ohio State University Hospital and for 26 years at the Marion General Hospital. She retired in 1999.

Phyllis was an avid reader of books throughout her lifetime and bought far too many.
She was a member of the Richwood First United Methodist Church where she was an organist. She was also the pianist for the Richwood Civic Center Kitchen Band and a member of TOPS.

In her retirement years she took up the art of traditional rug hooking and was an active member of the Ladies of the Wool and the Buckeye Rug Hooking Guild.

Her greatest joy was her three sons of whom she was so proud. She also loved the family dogs.

Phyllis is survived by her three sons: Michael S. (Terri) Rees, Prospect, Eric D. "Rick" (Penny) Rees, Richwood and Jeffrey A. (Christine) Rees of Westerville, stepson, Thomas A (Cindy) Rees, Circleville.
Her grandchildren, Collin and Gianna Rees of Westerville and step grandchildren, Jerusha and Thomas A. Rees III and Alex Rentz.
and special friend, Sam Rees.
She is also survived by her brother. Emory A. (Sandra) Dowling of Proctorville, Ohio.

Funeral services will be held Saturday September 30, 2023 at 11:00 am at the Richwood First United Methodist Church. Pastor Joseph Rhea will officiate. Burial will follow in the Claibourne Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 5-7 pm at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Richwood.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Richwood First United Methodist Church at 18 S. Fulton St. Richwood, Ohio 43344

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

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#1 from: Patsy Daymude
Wed, Sep 27, 2023 at 2:15 PM

Jeff Sorry to hear about your mother Prayers to your family Love Patsy Daymude

#2 from: Stacie Reese Beltz
Wed, Sep 27, 2023 at 2:38 PM

Tom, and family..I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. My deepest condolences 🙏

#3 from: Rona Penix
Wed, Sep 27, 2023 at 2:58 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your loss of your mother! God be with you.

#4 from: Laurie Crawford
Wed, Sep 27, 2023 at 3:21 PM

Dear Mike and family:  I bring you all my love and sympathy.  I am Laurie Crawford, the daughter of Mary Lou Ellison, who was a very good friend of your Moms.  I talked with your Mom many times on Facebook and am so sad to hear of her passing.  She and my Mom will finally be together again in heaven.  They would sit and laugh for hours.  I can see them there now.   Sincerely, Laurie

#5 from: Brad & Kathy Ridge
Wed, Sep 27, 2023 at 3:30 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. Phyllis  and I worked together for many years and became good friends. We both did infection control and when she retired she called me to see if I would be interested in replacing her at Marion General  and I did.  She was caring compassionate and dedicated nurse. We shared many laughs together. I will be lifting you all up in prayer during this difficult time.

#6 from: Sue  Harmon
Wed, Sep 27, 2023 at 3:40 PM

Knowing your Mom and Dad for several years my late husband  used to have a few chickens on your place  over by the fairgrounds  Rest in Peace Phyllis you certainly deserved it

#7 from: Jerry Moore
Wed, Sep 27, 2023 at 5:00 PM

So sorry. She was a good friend and neighbor.

#8 from: Evelyn Huron Carrico
Chesapeake, OH
Wed, Sep 27, 2023 at 5:45 PM

We were good friends in high school. In band together, and played in band at football games. She was Valedictorian of our class of 1955 at Chesapeake High School. Sorry for your loss.

#9 from: Jan Almendinger
Rockwell, NC
Wed, Sep 27, 2023 at 6:48 PM

Even though I hadn't spoken to your mother for a number of years I still considered her one of my best friends.I remember many fun times we had working together at Marion General Hospital. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you and your families.

#10 from: Lisa Cudd
Marion, Ohio
Wed, Sep 27, 2023 at 7:00 PM

Rick, Penny and family. I’m so sorry for your loss. I loved working with your mom and was so happy when she was able to retire. She always made me laugh when she referred to herself as a *hooker* and enjoyed her pictures of her completed rugs. She was a wonderful human being and I’m sure her loved ones on the other side were so happy to see her. God bless and prayers for all of you. Lisa Cudd

#11 from: Mary Armstrong
Wed, Sep 27, 2023 at 7:11 PM

Great lady. Always treated me with respect  and love. She and i were in TOPS together Mary Armstrong

#12 from: Lynne Kunkle
Wed, Sep 27, 2023 at 7:26 PM

I worked at MGH with Phyllis for many years. She was a caring and compassionate nurse who maintained positivity. Blessings to her family and friends. Lynne

#13 from: Renee Allen
Wed, Sep 27, 2023 at 7:52 PM

I'm so sorry to hear of Phyllis' passing. I worked with her in Quality Assurance at MGH. She told me about giving someone a shiny new penny and telling them that every time they looked at it they would know someone loved them. I still do that ànd always think of her!! Such a special lady!!!

#14 from: Rose Monnette
Wed, Sep 27, 2023 at 8:13 PM

So sorry.  Phyllis hired me to work at MGH  Such a loving caring lady.  

#15 from: Pat Kyle
Wed, Sep 27, 2023 at 8:40 PM

I am so sorry to hear of the death of Phyllis. I have missed sitting with her in church since she has been in the nursing home.   Phyllis was such a great organist for our church and will be greatly missed by many.  Please accept my sincere condolences.

#16 from: Pam Tevis
Dickinson , TX
Wed, Sep 27, 2023 at 8:59 PM

Mike, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers for you and your entire family🙏❤️

#17 from: Colleen Tiefenthal
Thu, Sep 28, 2023 at 7:26 AM

As a member of ladies of the wool, I have fond memories of Phyllis, her welcoming and friendly personality, and her talent. She was a dear member of our group and will be missed but also remembered with great fondness. Prayers to her family.

#18 from: Julie Welsh Wisma
Richwood, OH
Thu, Sep 28, 2023 at 10:20 AM

E.A. and Sandra, I'm sorry for the loss of your sister. Tom and Cindy, I'm sorry for the loss of your stepmom. Thinking of you with sympathy, and wishing you the comfort of happy memories.

#19 from: Marty Harrison
Powell Ohio
Thu, Sep 28, 2023 at 11:43 AM

Mike I’m so sorry for you guys losing your Mom😞

#20 from: Marsha K. Mack
Thu, Sep 28, 2023 at 5:22 PM

RICK & FAMILY Sorry to hear about your Mothers passing.I worked with her & for her for years at MGH .I loved her laugh and smile,her encencouragment to do what was best for yourself.Loved seeing her with the Senior Citizens band after her retirement. She will be missed.

#21 from: Janet McKnight Mangini
Fri, Sep 29, 2023 at 10:16 AM

Rick and Family, so sorry for your loss. I remember your mom with such fondness. Great lady! Your former neighbor just down the road on Kinney Pike. 💓 Janet

#22 from: Deb Gerhart
Sat, Sep 30, 2023 at 4:34 AM

Rick, Penny and family. I am sorry for your loss.  Your mom was a great nurse.  Enjoyed working with her.  Thoughts and prayers.

#23 from: Doris Hi
Sat, Sep 30, 2023 at 7:57 AM

Rick and Penny, So sorry for your loss.  remember your Mom as an excellent nurse always with a positive attitude. She also had a great sense of humor. Although I couldn't make it down, I will be thinking about you Saturday.

#24 from: Ann Thomas
Sat, Oct 7, 2023 at 8:52 AM

Phyllis and I took a trip to England.  We had the best time touring Southern England.  We stayed at a Methodist guild house and mingled with English people who were on vacation. They had a talent show the last night and wrote a poem about us.  I also worked with Phyllis at MGH.  We shared a lot of experiences together.  She was a great listener, mentor and friend.  

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